Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers! I hope you are having a great day. We celebrated early by heading down to Tempe. After all these years of living in the area, I don’t think I’ve been to this part of town. Dad used to work down here – wow, that’s a long commute! Mom has had business appointments in Tempe before as well.
Anyway, the sun was shining, and we thought we’d take a nice walk. We’ve seen the Tempe Town Lake and Beach Park on the news, but we wanted to experience it for ourselves. From the north end, it is a good 45 minutes’ drive in good traffic. You can plug in 80 W Rio Salado for the pay parking, but we found that lot small and full. All you need to do is drive down about a ½ miles further to the free dirt lot off Hardy.
Note: There are NO human restrooms ANYWHERE near this park! Dad looked up on his GPS, and the closest was 4.5 miles. Who designed a park with hundreds upon hundreds of humans without a restroom? No bother to me because I can go wherever I want, but mom and dad weren’t pleased. Anyway, plan accordingly.
The dirt lot is actually not at the lake but the very end of it where there is a dry wash. I saw lots of tents, but they aren’t camping: they live there. Dad said there’s a huge homeless situation going on down here.
The path starts off dirt here but then turns to pavement as you officially enter the park. We thought there would actually be more of a beach, but it is really just a paved path by the lake. This is a multi-use path so watch out for bikes, scooters, roller blades and skate boards. We saw it all!
It is very dog friendly, and I got to meet lots of canines out with their humans. It really was perfect weather, and we were all glad the winds stayed away. What has been up with the wind lately? We are SO over it!
Businesses line the path, and you will find a paddle boat rental place if you should like to get out on the water. Others brought their own canoes and paddle boards. It is quite the popular place, but to be honest, we’ve seen better. Because this is right off the 202 freeway, you hear constant road noise. With more humans brings all sorts of crazy music that disrupts nature.
However, this is a city park, so keep that in mind. We are just spoiled to live on the north end where it is wild and quiet…for now. Because mom and dad weren’t able to use any restroom after a drive and walk, we had to turn around at about a mile. It goes further but is more of the same.
Like the Tucson bike path, you can cross a bridge to the other side and do quite a loop for a nice run. You can find a few places to sit, but there isn’t much shade. Be sure to bring your water, but I guess you can’t drink too much or you’ll be in trouble! Again, who’s bright idea was this? Epic fail.
We ended up at Port of Subs for lunch, and thankfully, they had a restroom for mom and dad. It’s a sandwich place, and they make everything fresh. If you go, try their macaroni salad. It was tasty! They have tables outside with shade. We enjoyed it because soon enough, the hot season will arrive.
Take advantage of our superb weather while you can! Tempe Beach Park offers a flat, paved surface suitable for anyone, but it is lacking. We can say we have been there now, but we don’t have a desire to go back. And that’s all I have to say about that! Love and awoofs to you all.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!